Mohammad Siraj celebrates after India’s win over West Indies.© AFP
It was a thrilling win for India in the first ODI against West Indies at Port of Spain on Friday. After India set a target of 309 runs, the hosts needed 15 runs in the final over bowled by Mohammad Siraj. The Indian pacer conceded 10 runs in the first five balls. On the last ball the equation was simple – five or four for a win to take the match to the Super Over. On the final ball, Romario Shepherd was on strike as Siraj attempted a yorker. It took the batsman towards leg stump, but wicketkeeper Sanju Samson extended himself to stop a boundary and give India the win.
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After a thrilling three-run win over West Indies in the first ODI, Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal said the team was confident that Mohammad Siraj would be able to defend 15 runs in the final over. Brilliant half-centuries from Kyle Meyers and Brandon King went in vain as West Indies suffered a painful three-run loss to India at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad in the first ODI of the three-match series here on Friday.
“We had faith and belief that Siraj could defend 15 runs in the final over as he was bowling his yorker. Even in his last two overs, he had barely missed a yorker or two. There was confidence, but also pressure. It was. The way they (West Indies) were batting. When Sanju Samson made that save off the wide ball, it boosted our confidence,” Chahal said in the post-match press conference.
Regarding his bowling plan in the match, Chahal said that he always backs his strength.
He said, “I knew the ball was getting old and you can swing it and beat the batsman. I was changing my line and bowling wide because the leg-side boundary was short. I wanted them to cover me. But kill.”
with PTI input
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